Down Memory Lane for Aug. 9

50 years ago
Nov. 15, 1962

Raymond M. Johnson of Woodville, who has been employed part time with the Virginia Division of Forestry since 1948, was given full-time status Nov. 1, as Chief Forest Warden for Rappahannock County. A two-way radio in his forest service truck enables Mr. Johnson to communicate with Red Oak fire tower, other area wardens and the district office in Charlottesville. He work closely with William Vernam, State Forester, in Warrenton.

Joseph Browning Reid, son of Mrs. Grace B. Reid of Washington has been notified that he passed the National Examination for Architects and is now eligible to practice architecture anywhere in the United States. Mr. Reid has a B.S. degree in Forestry and is now completing his Masters in Architecture at Columbia University, New York City.

25 years ago
June 25, 1987

Hampton District has five candidates seeking the county School Board seat vacated by Randall Updike, who announced last week that he will not accept reappointment when his four-year term expires at the end of this month. At Monday’s public hearing, former teacher Diane Wood, orchardist Alex Sharp, contractor Peter Kreyling, former teacher and school administrator Camille Harris and homemaker Sarah Brown all asked to be appointed.

Anna Hudson, a tenth grade student at Rappahannock County High School, has been selected by the Rappahannock County Schools Gifted and Talented Program to attend a summer pre-architecture class at Hampton University. She will stay on the college campus at Hampton during the four-week class.

Rappahannock’s supervisors are looking over their shoulders in two directions for legal challenges: toward Amissville where they propose a new county landfill as the long-term solution to the county’s trash crisis and toward Woodville where they hope to continue disposal operations for the short term at the privately owned and operated Clark landfill, which is scheduled to close June 30.

The board went into executive session to discuss contractual arrangements and potential litigation, over both the existing dump on Clifton Clark’s property and the proposed dump on the 100-acre Stover tract which the county has contracted to purchase contingent upon state approval of a landfill there.

Amissville citizens fighting the proposed landfill on the Stover tract met again at the fire hall on Thursday, this time about 60 strong. And every hand shot into the air to support the hiring of an attorney. For $50 an hour and a retainer of $10,000, Larry Silverman will monitor the landfill permitting process and advise the citizens’ group.

10 years ago
Feb. 13, 2002

Two years ago, Alma Viator and Ben Jones performed A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” at the Theatre at Washington, Va. to a standing ovation and rave reviews from those who were there.  “Love Letters,” a smash hit on and off Broadway, was written to read aloud by two actors in a simple setting. It traces the lifelong correspondence of Andrew Ladd and Melissa Gardner and through their letters reveals their poignant, bittersweet relationship. Viator and Jones are both veterans of the stage whose experiences in show business have led them into several careers.

School Superintendent Dr. David Gangel rolled out a budget for the next fiscal year that he said would not need to have any additional impact on local taxpayers. Despite an overall spending increase of nearly $200,000 over last year and anticipated revenue shortfalls from the state amounting to $105,000 the recommendations forwarded in his presentation before the School Board’s February meeting and in the budget “working document” show that the funding gap of $77,000 should be taken care of through a reduction in force and not through an increase in the local contribution.

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